A wave of bomb threats sent to locations across the U.S. on Thursday, including some demanding ransom in the form of bitcoin, aren’t credible, law-enforcement officials said. In New York City, threatening emails were sent to at least 30 locations demanding the digital payment, New York Police Department officials said. Police had yet to find any devices in New York or any of the other cities that received a threat, reports the Wall Street Journal. “There’s a model, a template, that states a threat and the need for the money vis-a-vis bitcoin,” one police official said, adding other cities, including Burlington, Vt., received similar emails. Recipients included companies, schools, hospitals and other facilities. The email states there is an explosive device containing the chemical compound Tetryl in the building where the recipient is located and threatens that it will detonate if someone calls 911.
“In case of its explosion you will get many wounded people,” the email reads. “My recruited person is watching the situation around the building. If any suspicious behavior or emergency is noticed the device will be exploded.” The email then asks for $20,000 in bitcoin by the end of the workday. “I want to offer you a bargain,” it states, police officials said. “20,000 dollars is the cost for your life.” The sender said it was not a terrorist organization. “At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money,” the New York Police Department said in a tweet. The NYPD’s counterterrorism bureau said the threats in New York City and other states weren’t credible. Similar threats were received in places including Massachusetts, Houston, Chicago and San Diego.